Title: Scarlet Moon (Children of the Blood Moon #1)
Author: S. D. Grimm
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The story begins with Jayden, a young girl expecting to be married, but the day before her wedding, Feravolk come into her village and destroy her home and kill her family. Now, she is on the run with only one ally left, her betrothed Ryan who was wounded by a poisoned arrow as they escaped from the Feravolk. While on the run she meets new allies and discovers that the evil queen Idla is hunting the children born on the night of the Blood Moon for the prophesied deliverers that will come and destroy the queen and free the land of her evil. Everyone is looking for children of the Blood Moon and Jayden doesn’t know who she can trust. Will love protect her? Will the talents she has been gifted with help her save her people? Jayden may be one of the prophesied deliverers, but what chance does she have when she is full of doubt about herself, about others, her talents, and about love?
I would recommend this book to others because it is a good fantasy story full of adventures, heart-stopping moments, twists in the plot, and memorable characters. It has a few interesting themes and situations that create conflict in the book. For example, in the story, Jayden’s people seem to be a magical people who are tied to the land, because if they die, the land dies with them (as mentioned in the book). One of themes in the book seems to be people connected to the land magically. One of the situations that occur in the story is that the main character falls for two men: her betrothed and his brother. The situation of a love triangle appears to be evident in the story which is meant to create further conflict in the story. Now, in my opinion, this is one of the few things that I don’t agree with because it’s like instead of love, it’s an infatuation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing unless you act upon it, especially if you’re getting married or already married to someone else. But I won’t deny how it creates further conflict in the story, like the main character is still trying to figure out what love is. Other than that, it’s a well written fantasy story and I would like to see where the author takes these characters to in the next story, Amber Eyes.
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